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While the movement known as the new wave of British heavy metal (better known to the masses as NWOBHM) started in the late 1970s, it wasn't until the 1980s that these British metal bands caught fire globally. Featuring elements of punk rock, progressive rock and a new, tougher sound, these British heavy metal bands featured elements like power chords, lightning fast guitar solo and epic soaring vocals that defined the songs. Lyrically, the songs took a more mythic, fantasy, almost mystical standpoint as compared to other heavy metal bands that came before them. Thus, they became popular with a different type (read, more rabid) audience in the metal community.

You've probably heard of a number of the best NWOBHM bands. Many of these bands are still touring years after their initial popularity. That's why you'll see the best NWOBHM outfits like Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard on this list of new wave of british heavy metal bands. While there have been a slew of great metal bands to emerge from the UK over the years, this era of NWOBHM bands can count itself as one of the most successful in both metal history and music history. Several metal icons were in these bands and are among the greatest heavy metal bands of all.

So, what band can rightfully be considered the best new wave of British heavy metal band? That's not an easy question, but it's up to you fan of NWOBHM to determine what British metal band should be at the top of the heap. This list answers the questions "who are the best new wave of british heavy metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new wave of British heavy metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular new wave of British heavy metal bands that you might've heard of. (79 items)

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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Saxon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Saxon New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Satan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Satan

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Blitzkrieg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Blitzkrieg New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Diamond Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Diamond Head New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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Angel Witch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Angel Witch New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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Grim Reaper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Grim Reaper New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Raven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Raven New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Tygers of Pan Tang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Tygers of Pan Tang New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Girlschool is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Girlschool New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Punk rock

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Savage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Savage

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Cloven Hoof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Cloven Hoof Power metal, Heavy metal

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Tank is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Tank New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Witchfinder General Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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Samson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Samson New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Demon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Demon New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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Tokyo Blade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Tokyo Blade New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Jaguar Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Holocaust Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
dan808 added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Venom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Venom New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal

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Fastway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Fastway Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Avenger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Avenger Heavy metal

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Vardis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Vardis New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Pagan Altar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Pagan Altar Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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Praying Mantis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Praying Mantis New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Tytan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Tytan Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Bitches Sin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Bitches Sin

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RobinGallego added Fist Heavy metal

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Quartz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Quartz Heavy metal

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Hell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands

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trespass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added trespass

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Saracen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Saracen

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Tysondog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Tysondog

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White Spirit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added White Spirit

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RobinGallego added More

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Elixir band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Elixir band New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Black Rose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands

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Heavy Pettin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Jon Heinly added Heavy Pettin

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Bleak House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Bleak House

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Ranker Video
RobinGallego added samurai

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A-II-Z is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
A-II-Z New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Hollow Ground is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Hollow Ground New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Ranker Video
RobinGallego added Rock Goddess Heavy metal

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Ranker Video
RobinGallego added overdrive

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hellanback is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added hellanback

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Dedringer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Dedringer

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Warfare is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Warfare